Best Views in the UK & Ireland
By Mark Wright
If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your next walking holiday, then help is at hand. Here we showcase what we believe are ten of the very best views in the UK & Ireland. The wonderful thing about them is they can all be enjoyed on one of our walking holidays. We’re sure you’ll agree, they’re all magnificent. The question is – which will you visit first?
Buachaille Etive Mòr | West Highland Way
Buachaille Etive Mòr is one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland. Once seen, the image will live long in the memory of the walker. It’s pyramid like silhouette is best viewed from the iconic Kingshouse Hotel, a favourite stopover on the West Highland Way.
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Durdle Door | Dorset Coast Path
One of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks is Durdle Door. Standing about 200 feet above sea level the natural limestone arch is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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Loch Ness | Great Glen Way
At 23 miles long, Loch Ness is deeper than the North Sea and holds more water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together, and if you’re a believer, is home to the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. The views are superb along the entire length of the loch, but especially so when combined with Urquhart Castle near the village of Drumnadrochit.
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Ribblehead Viaduct | Dales Way, Dales High Way & Settle to Carlisle Way
Walkers on the Dales Way, the more challenging Dales High Way, and the Settle to Carlisle Way can marvel at the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, also known as the Batty Moss Viaduct. The viaduct, spanning a distance of 400 metres and boasting 24 magnificent arches towering 30 metres above the ground is a much loved feature of the Yorkshire Dales countryside.
Roseberry Topping | Cleveland Way
At 1,049 feet (320 m), Roseberry Topping is quite literally one of the highlights on Cleveland Way. The views from the summit are magnificent. On a clear day it’s possible to see the Pennines, some 40 to 50 miles away.
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Seven Sisters | South Downs Way
The Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are one of the most eagerly awaited sections of the South Downs Way. If you don’t have time to walk the whole way you can a enjoy a two day circular walk crossing the Seven Sisters and passing the famous Long Man of Wilmington, Britain’s largest chalk figure.
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Blasket Islands | Dingle Way
The Blasket Islands lie on the westernmost edge of Europe. They were inhabited since the Iron Age before being abandoned in 1953. These extremely isolated islands are separated from the mainland by Blasket Sound, a narrow and treacherous strip of water. It is said that even in the 20th century island life had a medieval flavour with no machinery or electricity and operating on a cashless co-operative economy. An exploration of the abandoned village on Great Blasket, the largest of the six islands will prove a fascinating visit.
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The Green Bridge of Wales | Pembrokeshire Coast Path
One of the most impressive sights on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is The Green Bridge of Wales, a natural arch formed from Carboniferous Limestone. The arch formed as the sea wore away the rock beneath.
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The Needles | Isle of Wight Coastal Path
The Needles are a series of chalk stacks off the western coast of the Isle of Wight. Alongside them stands the Needles lighthouse, built in 1859. The Needles are viewed here from Headen Warren, however if you want a closer look you can take a boat trip from the jetty for a spectacular tour around the rocks and lighthouse.
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Wasdale | Inn Way to the Lake District & Tour of the Lake District
Wasdale is home to England’s deepest lake, Wastwater and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Wasdale is considered to be the home of British rock climbing. Two of our long distance routes will to take you here, the Inn Way to the Lake District which passes by forty traditional Inns and the Tour of the Lake District.
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